1. The Front Door
Who said first impressions don’t count? The front door has become one of the most popular spots in a home for Smart Glass applications. Justin Ford, owner of smart home automation company Slate Systems explained many homes have these amazing, grand glass entryway doors but struggle to find a good way to get privacy without compromising on design and functionality. “Historically people use smart home window shades but these take time to roll up and down, while changing the overall feeling and experience. Smart glass is a really great feature to eliminate waiting for shades and giving the smart home vibe instantly,” he said.
Natural light is a sought after feature for many homeowners but the flexibility to control the amount of light that comes in can be a challenge. Skylights with LCG® Smart Glass can dim and shade, providing cooling and light control for reduced costs and more energy efficient homes. Operated by the right home automation system, smart glass skylights can adjust automatically based on environmental factors and time of day.
3. The Bathroom
Contemporary bathroom designs feature large windows and partitions, for a more open space design that optimizes square feet. But in this room in particular, privacy is a nonnegotiable. One solution is to use shades, but water and moisture mean mold or damage that require frequent cleaning or replacement. On the other hand, Smart Glass showers and smart glass bathrooms offer an automatic and long-lasting way to control glass in the bathroom for privacy when it’s needed most. Plus, switchable smart glass is easier to clean and disinfect than fabric shades, mitigating the spread of mold and bacteria (a key concern especially in today’s COVID-19 pandemic).
These are just some of the ways Smart Glass can be used throughout the home. More and more elements of the home can be automated to think based on environmental conditions and a residents’ personal itinerary as they move throughout the day. Smart glass is one such element making a big impact on the industry, contributing to homes that are more intelligent while improving the quality of life for residents in the process.